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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Park and Ride: BBC Radio Personalities Convicted of Child Sex Crimes

BBC Local Radio personalities Tony and Julie Wadsworth have been jailed for five years after being found guilty of indecently assaulting underage boys.

Their crimes stem back to the late 1990s, when the couple had just started presenting together.

The Wadsworths were also convicted on several counts of outraging public decency after a jury at Warwick Crown Court heard how they had engaged in open air romps in an effort to entice young spectators and get them to join in.

On several occasions Tony Wadsworth acted as look out while his wife seduced the youngsters, some of whom were only 13 years old.

The Wadsworths were mysteriously pulled from the airwaves of BBC WM in December 2015. News of the allegations surfaced a few months later when they first appeared before Warwickshire Magistrates' Court.

Addressing the couple as they were sentenced, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: "I find that you both found that your sex life would be made more exciting by engaging with young lads in Mancetter Park and the woods near to your home.

"You Julie Wadsworth loved the attention and that young boys were attracted to you.

"You Tony Wadsworth did all you could to encourage her and facilitate the events that the jury have heard about."

The Judge added that it should have been staringly obvious to the Wadsworths that their victims were underage, because they were school boys who were riding bikes and climbing trees.

David Rouse of the Crown Prosecution Service, said the couple had "lived double lives".

He said: "In their public and professional lives they were a couple who came across as caring, warm and respectable.

"However, in their private lives, they preyed on young, impressionable victims for their own sexual gratification.

"I would like to thank the victims for their courage during this difficult and sensitive prosecution. They have helped to bring these two sexual predators to justice."

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

BBC Refuses Release of Capita TV Licensing Report

The BBC has refused to release a report into the conduct of its TV Licensing contractor Capita Business Services.

Earlier this year an investigation by the Daily Mail revealed the sinister and deceitful tactics employed by some Capita TV Licensing employees in their pursuit of alleged TV licence evaders. An undercover reporter, posing as a Capita TV Licensing job applicant, obtained covert video footage of company manager Ian Doyle confirming that Capita TV Licensing visiting officers are effectively incentivised for taking prosecution statements.

The TV Licensing Blog has previously voiced its grave concerns about a commission system that rewards Capita TV Licensing employees for gathering as much prosecution evidence as possible. To be blunt, we worry that some Capita TV Licensing goons will be tempted to fabricate prosecution evidence in order to line their own pockets. It would certainly not be the first time that Capita TV Licensing employees had diddled the system.

The BBC denies that Capita TV Licensing goons are rewarded for gathering prosecution statements, but then again it would do, wouldn't it? Judge for yourself from Doyle's comments to the undercover reporter: "We're looking to get 28 licence sales per week from each officer. As soon as you hit that magic 28 there's a bonus. You can only get a sale with a conviction statement."

In the wake of the Daily Mail exposé there was understandable and entirely justified criticism of Capita, which holds the lucrative BBC TV Licensing operations contract. BBC Director General Tony Hall wrote a letter to Capita CEO Andy Parker demanding an urgent investigation into the Daily Mail's findings.

A few days ago the BBC refused a Freedom of Information request to release the Capita report using the catch-all excuse that it was intended for future publication at time unknown.

The BBC added: "We do not consider that there is particular public interest in the early release of this information".

It comes as no surprise that the BBC wants to keep these report findings hidden. It's what the BBC does best - bury bad news about its own shortcomings.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Paxman: Lumbering BBC Should Ditch TV Licence Fee

Veteran BBC broadcaster, Jeremy Paxman, has said that the top-heavy, lumbering organisation should adopt an alternative funding model to the TV licence fee.

Speaking to a crowd at the annual Hay Festival, the former BBC Newsnight host said: "Look how the likes of Netflix and Amazon now take extraordinary amounts of money from huge numbers of people electronically. Why can’t the BBC wake up to this?"

Paxman, who still presents BBC Two quiz show University Challenge, added that the BBC had "far too many bosses and is big and lumbering".

A TV licence is legally required for any property where equipment is used or installed to receive TV programmes at the time they are broadcast. A TV licence is required irrespective of the channel a person chooses to watch, even though the revenue generated - some £3.6 billion per year - goes exclusively to the BBC.

Since 1st September 2016 a TV licence has also been required to watch or download BBC on-demand programmes via the iPlayer, however, a TV licence is not legally required to watch on download on-demand programmes via non-BBC platforms.

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